Faulty Airbags and Your Consumer Rights Under Lemon Laws
Norman Taylor & Associates
September 15, 2021
Airbags are some of the most important safety features in modern vehicles. They provide crucial protection by inflating and cushioning a vehicle occupant in the event of a car crash, ultimately reducing the risk of severe injury or death in an accident.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), front airbags reduce driver fatalities in frontal crashes by 29% and front-seat passenger fatalities of those age 13 and older by 32%. Unfortunately, defective airbags are quite common and can put the lives of vehicle occupants at risk. We explain more below.
Common Causes of Defective Airbags
There are several potential problems that can impact the effectiveness and safety of airbags and airbag systems, which generally consist of an airbag cushion, flexible bag, inflator module, and impact sensor. Essentially, anything can be considered an airbag problem if it causes the airbag to improperly deploy, fail to deploy, or explode shooting metal particles into one’s face.
Other indications there may be a problem with the airbags are if there are issues with the airbag ON/OFF sensors or if the airbags deploy unexpectedly while you are driving the vehicle. Common types of specific airbag problems may include:
- Defective inflators
- Premature inflation
- Counterfeit after-market replacements
- Faulty designs
- Manufacturing defects
- Defective impact sensors
Vehicles Recently Recalled for Airbags
If your vehicle is affected by a recall impacting the airbags or airbag system, you should receive an alert from the auto manufacturer in the mail. If you didn’t receive a notice, you can also check on the NHTSA website and search your VIN. You can read our recent blog here for more information about how to check for recalls online.
Takata is one of the largest airbag manufacturers in the world and produces millions of airbags for several major auto manufacturers. Unfortunately, Takata has also been the subject of an ongoing airbag recall that affects many vehicle makes and models, including:
- Land Rover
Contact Our Lemon Law Attorney Today
You and your family deserve to drive a safe vehicle, however, defective airbags can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening. The good news is that California lemon laws provide consumers like you with certain protections against unsafe vehicles.
If your vehicle is equipped with defective or faulty airbags and you have taken the vehicle in several times to have the problem fixed to no avail, you may be able to file a lemon law claim for a replacement or buyback. Contact Norman Taylor & Associates at Norman Taylor & Associates to learn more about your potential rights during a free case review!